Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

December 07, 2011 11:29 ET

Government of Canada Helps Create New Opportunities for Flax Producers

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2011) - Canadian flax producers can reap the benefits of an innovative project to create eco-friendly bio-composite products using flax fibre thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. Member of Parliament Brad Trost (Saskatoon-Humboldt), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of more than $33,000 to Open Mind Developments.

"This project will create new opportunities for our farmers, opening up new markets for flax producers while strengthening our economy by providing processing opportunities across the province," said MP Trost. "The production of bio-composite products will provide farmers with additional markets to ensure they are getting the most value possible out of their crops."

With this investment, Open Mind Developments created a formula using flax straw to develop a smart phone case through an injection moulding process. The results of this project will allow farmers to earn extra income from waste flax straw, and could create additional processing and manufacturing jobs.

"Flax fibre is strong, lightweight and has natural shock absorbing properties," said Open Mind President and CEO, Jeremy Lang. "The properties that make it difficult to handle and manage in the field are the same properties that make it a good additive to strengthen plastic products. Thanks to Government of Canada funding, we have developed a proprietary formula for creating eco-friendly products comprised of flax fibre and petroleum free biopolymers."

Investment in this project is provided by the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Saskatchewan, CAAP is delivered by the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan. CAAP is a five-year (2009-2014), $163-million national initiative that aims to help the Canadian agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive. For more information on CAAP, please visit www.agr.gc.ca/caap.

To learn more about ACS, please visit www.agcouncil.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
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    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059